Fathers Need to Lead Selflessly
A father who is not proactive in the lives of their sons allows their own interests take priority. In Genesis 19:1-11, Lot was confronted by a mob of men attempting to engage with the two male angels. In response, Lot offered the visitors his two daughters in their stead. Fearing for his own safety, he attempted to lure the riotous men with his own family by enticing them further. He offered that his daughters “have not known any man.”
If Lot would have been proactive and heeded the warnings of God sooner, his family would not have been subjected to the progressive exertions of evil. When a father is not proactive, his sons and entire family are subjected to the influence of evil and spiritual corruption.
Sons Need to be Shown Mercy
A father should be proactive in fostering a household of mercy and forgiveness in anticipation of the mistakes of his son. In the story of the prodigal son at Luke 15:11-32, the father made no mention of the transgression of the son when he returned home. In contrast, his older brother “became angry and refused to go in” and join in on the celebration at the house after learning of the mercy projected by his father.
By being proactive in having a forgiving spirit, the earthly father recognizes that a child who is taught of spiritual authority will return one day to these teachings. We are given the promise that if the father “train[s] up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” in Proverbs 22:6.
Our Heavenly Father was proactive in providing a sacrifice for the remission our sins. God knew from the beginning that sin was going to separate man from having the desired relationship. In 1 Peter 1:19-20, we are informed and assured, “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who very was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
By “foreordaining” the necessity of the sacrifice of his son, God was proactive. Similarly, the actions and the means of the earthly father may not always be evidence. However, in perilous times, his proactivity will too “manifest.”
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